Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers: An Introduction and Update to Jean-Claude Pressac's Magnum Opus

Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers: An Introduction and Update to Jean-Claude Pressac's Magnum Opus

by Germar Rudolf


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Until the late 1980s, most of what the world knew about the infamous Auschwitz Camp came from witness testimony. But witnesses can be wrong for multiple intentional and accidental reasons. So how can we reach solid ground about the history of Auschwitz, if we cannot rely on witnesses?

In the 1980s, French hobby historian Jean-Claude Pressac addressed this challenge by trying to prove only with documents that the many testimonies about mass-extermination events at the Auschwitz Camp are essentially true. In 1989, he published a 564-page book in oversize landscape format featuring reproductions of hundreds of original German wartime documents on Auschwitz that were thoroughly annotated by Pressac. With this trail-blazing book titled Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers, Auschwitz research, for the first time, obtained a solid foundation supported by documents.

Of course, research has not stood still since then. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a lot of previously classified archival material was made accessible. This material was subsequently analyzed by a number of independent researchers. The main text of the present book gives an overview of these research results while frequently referring to Pressac’s 1989 book, which, although no longer in print, can be viewed free of charge online. Unfortunately, however, the low-resolution images of Pressac’s many documents posted online are rather unsatisfactory. Hence, a reprint of Pressac’s magnum opus was desirable, but because it has become partly obsolete due to more recent research, it would be irresponsible to offer Pressac’s statements from 1989 as the final word on topic. This booklet therefore aims at bringing owners of an original copy, readers of a library copy or the online version of Pressac’s book, or anyone else, up to speed with the current knowledge on document research into Auschwitz. The text of this book is also included in the reprint.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591482031
Publisher: Castle Hill Services
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Holocaust Handbooks , #42
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 206,302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

An Allegory, p. 7

Introduction, p. 8

Who Was Jean-Claude Pressac?, p. 13

Claim and Reality, p. 14

Zyklon B, p. 15

Disinfestation Devices, p. 18

Gastight Doors, General Remarks, p. 24

The Blue-Wall Phenomenon, p. 26

Homicidal Gassings, p. 29

Topf & Söhne: Cremation Technology, p. 31

Crematorium I, p. 34

The Bunkers of Birkenau, p. 46

Groundwater Level, p. 52

Outdoor Mass Cremations, p. 53

Criminal Traces, p. 57

Gastight Doors, Specific Cases, p. 59

Pouring Concrete Floor in Gas Chamber, p. 62

Ventilation of Crematoria IV & V, p. 64

Implementation of Special Treatment, p. 64

Showers in Crematorium III, p. 72

Vergasungskeller, Auskleidekeller, Sonderkeller, p. 75

Wire-Mesh Devices and Wooden Blinds, p. 81

Gas Testers, p. 86

Warm-Air Supply, p. 89

Entry to Morgue #2, Elimination of Morgue #3 and of Corpse Chute, p. 90

Change to Drainage System, p. 92

Change of Door’s Opening Direction and Door Size of Morgue #1, p. 92

Off-Limit Zone, p. 93

Standard Gas Chamber, p. 94

Elimination of Faucets in Morgue #1, p. 97

Wooden Fan Casings, p. 98

The Ventilation Systems of Crematoria II & III, p. 99

The Freight Elevators of Crematoria II & III, p. 104

Incineration with Simultaneous Special Treatment, p. 109

Material for the Resettlement of the Jews, p. 112

The “Franke-Gricksch Report”, p. 115

Criminal Traces?, p. 115

Suggested Readings, p. 116

Appendix, p. 120

Archives, p. 120

Bibliography of Works Quoted, p. 120

Documents, p. 125

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